Saturday, Shoshka and DoN visited the Center for Emerging Visual ArtistsShow House at 1634 South 13th Street, the former home and studio of artistScott Pellnat. The townhouse is filled with art by CFEVA artists including Anne Canfield, Katie Murken, Julia Blaukopf,Kara Rennert,Caleb Nussear, Darla Jackson, Jennifer Chapman,Serena Perrone and of course Scott Pellnat‘s wonderfully wacky constructions. Pellnat is an accomplished woodworker and avid dumpster diver creating mechanical constructs out of marquetry of colored pencils, found objects and wood, there’s even a hidden room behind bookshelves which open by pulling on a book ala the Addams Family revealing robotic creatures pulling ropes and strings producing a dramatic diorama.
Looking up into the turret Pellnat built on the roof.
Looking down from the turret into the house – the walls are covered in colored pencil marquetry and the floors are spray painted through lace and stencils.
The top floor is filled with a knitted installation with tendrils swooping through the room like some kind of giant alien brain cell. The site specific piece was created by Katie Murken.
Scott Pellnat in his “secret studio”.
As if the room isn’t creepy enough, there’s a gravity distortion which turns the room sideways!?!
Close up shot of Scott Pellnat‘s intricate woodwork.
Anne Canfield‘s “Swim Team: Snippets from Yuki’s Memory Book“.
Serena Perrone‘s “Dreaming of Flying Fish“, oil and charcoal on panel, diptych.
Scott Pellnat’s Grandfather Clock – one must crank the handle on the side to raise the clock but the cranker can’t see the clock!?!
Stag by Jake Kehs @ CFEVA Show House. (Kehs is not a CFEVA artist, his work is part of Pellnat’s collection including an amazing wolf sculpture on the first floor ready to pounce from a cardboard mountain.)
Silver point drawings by Caleb Nussear called “#3XUL Diminished“.
CFEVA keeps finding new venues and interesting events to promote Philly’s fine artists including the upcoming Philadelphia Open Studio Tours this October. DoN will keep you POSTed.